From concept to practice: Implementation of circular building as a process of translation
Paper in proceeding, 2021

The concept of circular building (CB) proposes to transform the current mode of production in the construction sector to mitigate climate changes and reduce fossil consumption. The concept has gained momentum among politicians and academics; however, it is only slowly penetrating the sector. In the paper, we aim at developing our understanding of how this concept is translated into specific organisational settings. Rather than focusing on the actions to support or prevent its dissemination, we focus on how the concept is brought into life as an organisational practice and through which processes and mechanism. Drawing on qualitative data from primarily interviews, we present a case study of two large Scandinavian contractors' efforts to implement CB. The results point at a diversity of positions and choices in translating CB within a specific organisational context. The concept of translation helps us to analyse the shaping of such processes and may consequently contribute to the development of the CB concept by directing attention to how circular ideas and concepts are translated across different contexts.

Translations

Circular building

Management concepts

Author

Martine Buser

Aarhus University

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Building Design

Stefan Christoffer Gottlieb

Aalborg University

Andreas De Gier

Aalborg University

Rickard Andersson

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Building Design

Proceedings of the 37th Annual ARCOM Conference, ARCOM 2021

584-593

37th Annual Association of Researchers in Construction Management Conference, ARCOM 2021
Virtual, Glasgow, United Kingdom,

Subject Categories

Social Sciences Interdisciplinary

Construction Management

Business Administration

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11/12/2021